NFL: Sam Darnold, Smith continues to negotiate contracts
Two NFL first-round draft selections still hadn't reported to their respective training camps as of Sunday afternoon as their representatives continue to negotiate their contracts.
The sticking point between the Jets and Darnold has to do with forfeiture language in the contract. On Sunday, NFL Network's Michael Silver gave this update on Twitter about Darnold:
"Forfeiture language is standard for most NFL teams, and certainly for the Jets. It allows the team to recoup money if a player is injured while engaging in certain activities (mountain climbing, for example) or suspended."
Darnold's extended absence is putting him behind in the race for playing time. Veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, the latter seeking to resurrect his career after a devastating knee injury two years ago, are taking all the reps and working into form.
In Chicago, Smith's holdout continues over contract issues have to do with the league's new helmet-lowering rule, according to multiple reports. The new rule says a player can't lower his head to make contact with an opponent, and with questions as to how the rule will be enforced, Smith wants assurances the teams won't take away some of his guaranteed money if he is suspended.
As for Darnold, whom the Jets took with the No. 3 overall pick, his contract is expected to total an estimated $30.53 million with a signing bonus of $20.29 million.
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